Foreigners may obtain group visas during EXPO-2017

Kazakhstan will allow foreigners to obtain group visas for Expo 2017. This will help bring more people to come to the Expo and Kazakhstan. Originally posted to on 12.02.2014:

Foreigners will be able to obtain group visas during EXPO-2017 . The vice-chairman of industry tourism committee of Ministry of Industry and New technologies Aset Musagaliyev said during the “Astana-Moscow-Kiev-Kishinev-Yerevan” video bridge devoted to the CIS tourism development, correspondent reports.

“I want to remind, that in 2017 Kazakhstan will host EXPO-2017. Kazakhstan carryies out a number of actions aimed at the creation of favorable conditions for foreign guests,” Musagaliyev said. 

“The project on group visa obtaining is being developed on the platform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most likely such group visa will allow 15 foreigners at the same time to see Expo-2017. But also there is the second variant considered, – visa free regime,” Aset Musagaliyev noted.



$250 mln to be invested to construction of tourist facilities for EXPO-2017 Astana

$250 million dolalrs will be invested in tourist facilities to be constructed for Expo 2017. This will help bring more people to Kazakhstan for the expo. Originally posted to on 26.11.2013:

The investment for $250 million is offered to be allocated for the construction of tourist facilities in Astana for the EXPO-2017 international exhibition, Managing Director of the Horwath HTL and one of the developers of the master plan Miroslav Dragicevic said during the presentation of the master plan, CA-News reported, citing Novosti Kazakhstan . 

According to Director of the Kazakhstan Industry Development Institute Karlygash Altaeva, the final version of the master plan will be ready in December. She also said that the master plan includes construction of 10 objects such as a water park, scientific and educational town, Steppe Civilization ethnic complex that will show tourists everyday life of nomads. She added that the working group has also developed tour-packages for tourists. 

Karlygash Altaeva noted that the aim of the constructions is to attract tourists to the EXPO-2017.  

UN Secretariat approves Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050 concept

 The UN Secretariat has approved the concept of sustainable energy in Kazakhstan. Part of the contribution comes from Rio +20, the Astana Economic Forum, and the 2017 World Expo. Originally posted to on 07.29.2013:

Kazakhstan, Astana, July 29 / Trend, D. Mukhtarov /

The UN Secretariat has approved the concept of the ‘Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050’, the press service of the Astana Economic Forum organizing committee reported on Monday.

“The developers of ‘Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050’ held a series of meetings with the employees of UN Secretariat and the UN Secretary General’s office, which resulted in approval of Kazakhstan’s decision on developing a national energy strategy,” press service said.

Representatives of the UN Secretariat noted that the developed strategy fully corresponds with the Rio +20 outcome document ‘The future we want’, and with the aims of the SEFA 2030 initiative (universal access to modern energy sources, doubling the share of renewable energy sources, doubling of energy efficiency).

“Following the meeting recommendations for promotion and implementation of Kazakhstan’s strategy were received,” the document says.

The project of ‘Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050’ concept was considered and discussed at ‘Sustainable energy strategy of future Kazakhstan’ panel session within the framework of VI Astana Economic Forum in 2013.

This project is aimed at consolidating Kazakhstan’s initiatives in the field of sustainable energy for country’s transition to a green economy and at a maximum demonstration of country’s commitment to future energy at EXPO 2017. It is also Kazakhstan’s contribution to the implementation of the UN initiative ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ (SEFA).